Easy Strawberry Jam Recipe #glutenfree

Did I ever mention how much I hated canning when I was young? My parents had an acre and a half garden and they utilized every inch of it. My mom would can everything she could get her hands on; peas, beans, potatoes, tomatoes, soup, okra, apples, peaches, grapes, blackberries, pickles. You name it, we canned it. And we didn’t can just a few jars either; she believed in quantity. We could easily can 300 jars of something in one day. Once I was married, however, my opinion began to change. I enjoyed canning, the food tasted good and I could enjoy the fruits of my labors. Plus, I could control the amount of food I canned. Twelve jars today? Yes, sounds good! If you have been itching to try your hand at canning, August 1st is International Can-It-Forward Day. Sponsored by Ball and now in its fifth year, this event is broadcast live from Jarden Home Brands headquarters in Fishers, Indiana and celebrates the joys of fresh preserving. To join in the celebration, I’ve made a recipe for Strawberry Jam from the Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving.
homemade strawberry jam

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Gluten Free Honey Muffins Recipe #storyofhoney

This is a partnered post with The Motherhood and the National Honey Board. All opinions are my own.

Did you know there are over 300 varieties of honey in the United States? Me either, until I took a trip to South Dakota with the National Honey Board to learn about the story of honey.  Dealing with my family’s food allergies means I am always looking for simple, allergy friendly ingredients. Although I  keep a jar of honey in my cabinet, I hadn’t realized how honey is versatile and all natural! Guess what honey is made of? Honey. That’s it. A bottle of pure honey contains the natural sweet substance produced by honey bees from the nectar of plants or secretions of living parts of plants.  Nothing else. Plus, it’s naturally gluten free. I’ve been making honey recipes all week, much to the delight of my family, including these Gluten Free Honey Muffins, because honey can mask the bitterness of gluten-free flours, and this Fruited Honey Lemonade.

Gluten Free Honey Muffins
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How to Use Skype when Traveling

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This summer has been a whirlwind of travel for me. Between vacation, work and getting ready to move a kid into college, I have spend a lot of time on the go.  The sad fact is I worry while I am away.  Sometimes I need to check in on the kids and boss … Read More...

Show your #PureLoveForPets & Contest

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When people ask me if the pets in our family are spoiled, I tell them this story about my daughter's cats. One day my daughter walked through her house and found her husband running around several rooms, whistling, followed by their cats. "What are … Read More...

Gluten Free Five Layer Bars

Gluten Free Five Layer Bars

This post is brought to you by CafeMom and Chex TM. All opinions are my own. When my daughter was diagnosed with Celiac disease, our world was turned upside down. My repertoire of quick recipes was turned upside down; no more quick meals of … Read More...